In an effort to raise awareness for eating disorders, Student Council gave out purple ribbons at lunch during the last week of February. They encouraged everyone to wear purple on Thursday, February 28 in support of those who struggle with self image. Handing out ribbons annually for the past two years, this year was the first that members wore purple.
“We’re trying to [raise awareness] as much as possible and make it as big of a thing as it can be,” sophomore Aiden Basore said.
StuCo members and advisor Kylee Wright find eating disorder recognition to be meaningful because bringing attention to the issue helps students realize that it affects many of their peers. By passing out ribbons, they intended to reach out to those who are suffering and help them recognize that they aren’t alone.
“Sometimes when other people are struggling, something like this brings out other stories so they feel safer about getting help and tell someone about it,” Wright said.
As leaders of the school, StuCo finds it important to provide a safe space for people who struggle with eating disorders. Freshman Molly Weishaar believes that every students should feel like they are understood within the community.
“As StuCo, we are the kids who speak for the rest of the school, and we’re supposed to represent everyone,” said freshman Molly Weishaar.
This year, StuCo put more time and effort into spreading eating disorder awareness than any other, as they wanted to erase stereotypes and make students more open to discussion. Striving to create a dialogue about the issue throughout the entire school, StuCo used Eating Disorder Awareness Week as a way to represent those who feel unheard.
“We think [Eating Disorder Awareness Week] is really important because we want to be a voice for all of the kids,” Weishaar said. “If it’s important to them, it’s important to us,”